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Craig Calcaterra

  1. If Zack Greinke gets traded, it won’t be to New York

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    There has been a lot of speculation that Zack Greinke, who has a history of some serious anxiety problems, wouldn’t do well in New York. Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Greinke feels the same way about the matter and that there would be “no chance”  that he would accept a trade to New York. Greinke…

  2. The Giants have a lot of decisions ahead

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are going to take all of the time available to them — all the way to the midnight deadline tomorrow night — to decide what to do with Edgar Renteria’s option.  It’s a $10 million option with a $500,000 buyout.  I was of the impression…

  3. Adam Rubin: “the Mets know things” about Wally Backman

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:41 AM EST

    Wally Backman

    This is . . . odd.  Matthew Cerrone passes along word that, in a chat yesterday, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin responded to reader questions about Wally Backman by saying that “the Mets know things [about Backman] that are not circulated and don’t feel comfortable.”  Then he went on and said that sometimes reporters “hear…

  4. Now your team can sign Kyle Farnsworth, Rick Ankiel

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EST

    Kyle Farnsworth

    It’s not nice to horde all the good things in the world, so kudos to the Braves for selflessly allowing all the other baseball teams the opportunity to have Kyle Fanrsworth and Rick Ankiel on their roster by declining to exercise their options.  Don’t cry for them, though: they each get six-figure buyouts, which is…

  5. Coco Crisp’s option is being picked up by the A’s

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Coco Crisp

    Behold the future of baseball reporting: Coco Crisp tweets his own contract status, telling the world that the A’s are picking up his option.  He says he’s happy about it.  Of course, in the very next tweet he says he’s happy about having season tickets to the Los Angeles Clippers, so the dude obviously has…

  6. Sparky Anderson is seriously ill

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EST

    Sparky Anderson

    Tom Gage of the Detroit News tweets what is easily the saddest news I’ve heard in a while: Former Reds and Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is seriously ill, and is in hospice care. According to his  family he’s suffering from “complications resulting from dementia.” Anderson is 76, though that gray hair always made him seem…

  7. The Braves exercise options on Infante, Gonzalez; sign Scott Proctor to a one-year deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    NLDS Braves Giants Baseball

    More non-surprising Day One Of The Hot Stove Season news: the Braves exercised options on shortstop Alex Gonzalez and ALL-STAR Omar Infante. They also signed reliever Scott Proctor to a one-year deal for $750,000 plus incentives. Like I said, no-brainers. Gonzalez wasn’t any great shakes after coming over in the trade from Toronto, but he…

  8. My, the weather sure is fair in San Francisco today!

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    Lisa Fernandez of the Mercury News has a story about San Francisco Giants gear flying off the shelves: Within minutes of the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, the hawkers began their pitches. The Giants franchise e-mailed fans, offering championship gear ranging from snow globes to sweatshirts. Macy’s offered customers the chance to buy…

  9. The Padres exercise their option on Adrian Gonzalez

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez 2

    First the news: The Padres exercised 1B Adrian Gonzalez’s $5.5 million option for 2011. The only time Jed Hoyer had a decision easier than this was the time that guy asked him if he’d rather have delicious chocolate cake or a knee to the groin.  He probably decided on the Gonzalez option even quicker, actually.…

  10. Elijah Dukes is in trouble again. Which makes me sad, though not for him.

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s not major trouble by his standards — he’d have to be accused of robbing a moving train or sedition or something in order for this to really register on the Elijah Dukes scale — but the former Ray and Nat was arrested again, this time for failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. Like,…

  11. Quote of the Day: Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Great, great stuff from a guy who sounds like a class act

  12. The Giants World Series win: in newspaper front pages

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Check out the McCovey Chronicles’ collection of newspaper covers with Giants World Series victory stories. You have to go down to Memphis’s Commercial Appeal to find a “San Francisco Treat” headline, but there are multiple “Say Heys.” By the way, this is why, no matter how many big media sites launch baseball blogs [cough, cough],…

  13. Kevin Youkilis is preparing for third base

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    The Red Sox have a tricky offseason ahead of them. They have to figure out if they can bring Adiran Beltre back, and if not, what to do about third base. Or maybe first base, because Kevin Youkilis is being a team player and is talking like he’s ready and eager to take over the…

  14. The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on…

  15. HBT Daily: Easily my most embarrassing moment on video ever

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    There’s wrong, there’s really wrong, there’s really effing wrong, and then there’s me on the Giants last July

  16. Ron Washington is going to get a new deal very soon

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington getting a contract extension after his great season at the helm of the Rangers is about as surprising as some tabloid columnist framing the Giants World Series victory in terms of Barry Bonds.  Yeah, that matters.  Anyway, here’s Jon Daniels on offseason priorities: “First things first, we’ll address our own free agents as…

  17. Comment of the Day: Pat Burrell breathes a sigh of relief

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Levi Stahl and I had the exact same thought following Edgar Rentaria’s dinger: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any player more clearly relieved to have been taken off the hook than Pat Burrell after that home run. He just looked flat-out overjoyed and grateful–it was like Renteria had won the game just for…

  18. Hot stove time: What will be the biggest stories this offseason?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Hot stove

    The carpet of the visitor’s clubhouse down in Texas is still wet with bubbly and the Giants are still several hours from having their hangovers kick in, but it’s never too early to think about what’s next. That’s especially true this year with the free agency season getting into full swing so soon after the…

  19. Should Cliff Lee have pitched to Renteria?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    It isn’t all hindsight. Before Cliff Lee gave up that home run to Edgar Renteria last night there were multiple people on my Twitter feed — lots of beat writers and bloggers and everyone — thinking that with first base open and the punchless Aaron Rowand on deck, Lee should have pitched around Renteria or…

  20. Great Moments in FOX graphics

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    Just before the Giants won the game last night, FOX tried to put their championship in perspective. Specifically, they explained to viewers that the world was a very different place in 1954, the last time the Giants won the World Series.  Here was the on-screen graphic they used: It was a different world! Indeed, it…

  21. 142 players became free agents last night

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Lee-cliff-101031

    Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended.  The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the…

  22. Let’s count the “San Francisco Treat” headlines

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    You knew this was coming. You just didn’t know who would be the ones who couldn’t help themselves. The first one I saw was Tom Boswell in the Washington Post: If anyone finds other examples, please let us know in the comments.  Given that media has become nationalized with the Internet I’m guessing we won’t…

  23. Some thoughts on Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Given that we’re only 11 hours out from the Giants winning the World Series, it’s probably no surprise that there’s euphoria in the Giants’ front office. And there’s no surprise that the front office is telling the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly that they’re planning on extending the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.…

  24. Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:44 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher — like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” — but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs: Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI Chase Utley:…

  25. The post-World Series riots are totally tech-forward this year

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:22 AM EST

    Well, maybe “riot” is a bit strong — that’s a word that used to mean something — but there was certainly lots of numbskullery and minor property damage in San Francisco last night following the Giants victory. So much so that, as you can see in the video below, the, um, “numbskullery and minor property…

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